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Originally published Monday, March 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM

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Sean Payton asks mentor Bill Parcells for advice | NFL

New Orleans coach Sean Payton is trying to figure out his next move, and has reached out to former NFL coach Bill Parcells, his mentor, for advice. There are reports Payton brought up the idea of Parcells becoming the Saints' interim coach during the time Payton is suspended.

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Sean Payton is trying to figure out his next move, and has reached out to former NFL coach Bill Parcells, his mentor, for advice.

New Orleans coach Payton has been suspended for a year by the league for his role in the Saints' bounty program; the suspension is to take effect Sunday.

Parcells said he has talked to Payton about how to handle the season — but nothing more.

Asked if anyone in the Saints' organization had talked to him about coaching the team in 2012, Parcells said, "No."

The coach who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories, and who hired Payton as an offensive assistant in Dallas in 2003, was in Florida to watch exhibition baseball.

ESPN.com, citing several league sources, said Payton "has broached the idea of Parcells becoming the interim head coach during Payton's suspension."

Parcells, 70, was among 10 finalists as a Hall of Fame nominee in his first year of eligibility and "would have to wait another five years once an interim coaching post is completed under the Hall of Fame's bylaws," ESPN.com reported.

Meanwhile, league commissioner Roger Goodell said he might allow Payton to coach the Saints while he appeals the suspension.

"I said in a letter they have to appeal by April 2, I believe," Goodell said at the owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. "If he decides to appeal, I probably will allow him to continue and I would expedite the hearing and I would expedite my decision."

Notes

• When the league announced penalties against the Saints on Wednesday, it said it had yet to uncover evidence a similar bounty system existed elsewhere. But Goodell reiterated the league has not stopped looking.

• The St. Louis Rams signed receiver Steve Smith, 26, who was with Philadelphia last season and had 107 catches for 1,220 yards for the New York Giants in the 2009 season.

• Cleveland, Green Bay and the New York Jets each get four compensatory picks in this year's draft. Under league rules, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous season is eligible to receive compensatory picks.

There were 32 picks awarded, to 15 teams.

Oakland has three of the first 10 compensatory picks, including the first (95th pick overall) and the third (129th overall).

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